Trust governance

The governance arrangements for Horizons Specialist Academy Trust, as prescribed in the Articles of Association, are set out below:


Horizons Specialist Academy Trust has five Members:

Dame Dela Smith
Ian Cunningham
Brenda Kirby
Linda Laidler
Professor Adam Boddison

There are currently no Member vacancies.

As charitable companies limited by guarantee every Trust has Members who have a similar role to the shareholders of a company limited by shares. They:

  • oversee the achievement of the Company's objects (as detailed in the Committees section),
  • are the subscribers to the Articles of Association (where they are founding Members)
  • may amend the articles of association (the articles include a definition of the trust’s charitable objects and governance structure) subject to any restrictions in the articles or in the trust’s funding agreement or charity law
  • have powers to appoint and remove Trustees in certain circumstances
  • receive the Trust's Annual Accounts (subject to the Companies Act). 

Board of Trustees

Trustees manage the academies on behalf of the Trust, through undertaking the core functions as detailed in the  The Governance Handbook  - ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.  Trustees also need to ensure that the Trust complies with charity and company law and operates within the Funding Agreement that has been signed with the Secretary of State.

The Articles of Association state that the Board of Trustees shall have the following directors:

  • CEO who is appointed by Members
  • Up to 6 Trustees appointed by Members
  • There is also the facility for the Board of Trustees to appoint Co-opted Trustees.

The current membership of the Board of Trustees, along with Trustees' terms of office, are detailed below. 



The Board has a robust Committee structure in place - information on the Committees' membership, scheme of delegation and terms of reference can be accessed via the following link.


Please follow the link to access information on the Trust's local governance arrangements, which are undertaken by the Academy Councils.


Linda Laidler - term of office as a Member appointed Trustee came to an end on 11 July 2021.  Linda had declared two business/pecuniary interests: Director of Sheraton Choices (HSAT subsidiary) from 2015; Member of Independent Monitoring Board, Kirklevington (Criminal Justice System) from 2013.

Sian Wilson - term of office as a Co-opted Trustee came to an end 29.04.22.  Sian declared the following business/pecuniary interests: Employee at Practice Labs (Ed Tech Business) from November 2020; Owner of Wilson Myers Limited (Consultancy) from July 2020; Director of Society Matters CIC (Social Value Training Organisation) from February 2021 and Regional Council Member of CBI (Employer Membership Body) from January 2019.

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Horizons Specialist Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee (Company No 08608287) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales.

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